Suspected Illegal Immigrant to be Deported

By: AP
By: AP

The first of 18 suspects accused of identity related crimes following an immigration raid at Greeley's Swift and Company meatpacking plant last month is agreeing to be deported as part of a plea deal.

Amalia Manuel-Pedro pleaded guilty Thursday in Weld County District Court to forgery of a government-issued document.

Federal agents had identified her as a suspected illegal immigrant.

Under her plea agreement, she'll avoid prison time if she doesn't enter the U.S. illegally over the next three years.

If she violates the agreement, she will be sentenced to two years in state prison.

Hearings for the other 17 suspects are scheduled over the next few weeks on charges of identity theft, forgery or criminal impersonation.

Prosecutors have said they expect many of them to take the plea agreements.

They were among nearly 1,300 workers arrested at Swift plants in six states on December 12th, including 265 in Greeley.

Nationwide, 246 people were held on state or federal identity-theft charges. The rest faced immigration charges.

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